This elegant wine exhibits a graceful melding of linden flower, Asian
pear, fresh mint, and river rocks. There is an energy on the palate that
drives beautiful notes of citrus through its poignant finish.
Our Pont de Chevalier Estate Chardonnay is crafted from fruit grown
in the coolest section of our Knights Bridge Chardonnay vineyard.
We farm these vines to ensure a careful balance of sun exposure and
moisture influence. This section of our Chardonnay vineyard yields
fruit of particular finesse, complexity, and vibrance.
Following a gentle pressing, the juice was cooled in tanks and allowed to
settle until fragrant, nearly clear juice was obtained–a process that took
several days. Winemaker Douglas Danielak then transferred the juice
to French barrels–Francois Frere, Remond and Alain Fouquet–where
fermentation occurred at a natural, spontaneous pace. This 2011 vintage
completed 20% malolactic fermentation which allows it to maintain the
Knights Valley signature brightness and pure, focused varietal expression.
Food Pairing Notes
This well balanced, food-friendly wine is an excellent match with panseared
sea scallops with mustard caviar, and braised pork belly.
435 cases produced.